Sep 28, 2010 6:00pm PDT
, another sign he is being groomed to take over for his father. i correspondent filed this report from neighboring south korea. >> hundreds of delegates in largely identical suits headed to the party convention. hundreds of others passed along the vast, empty boulevard. propaganda, as i have your tomorrow, which would not be difficult. -- promised a happier tomorrow, which would not be difficult. they tried to stabilize at north korea's unpredictable politics. >> state television announced the rise of the third generation. his youngest son in his mid-20s, has been made at general. his main qualification for being air apparent -- he was educated in switzerland, and therefore must understand the blast. -- the west. her husband is thought to be the real power behind the throne. covering north korea is a family business. it started in 1945 with the founding of the state by "the great leader," kim il-sung. kim jong-il is called "the der leader." and now his son will take the soap opera into a third generation. he is known officially as brilliant. grimm, poverty stricken -- this is his
Sep 22, 2010 12:30am PDT
the roads. while kim jong ill grooms his son for succession, people are starving to death on the streets. she says north korea is like hell. >> people are very weak. many said for days in one place and the dive. i saw a person sitting by a public toilet and told them to go to the front of the market. they said they were too weak. two leaders they died -- two days later they died. >> you have money to buy food. others say many are dying of hunger outside railway stations. most people have one meal a day because the economic policies have been disastrous. >> he is weekend probably by a stroke. in made a rare visit last month. his aim was to secure support for his son's succession. a story people tell paint a grim picture of growing hardship and the growing discontent with kim jong l and his regime -- growing discontent with kim jong ill. many say he is grooming his son to take over this impoverished nation. >> this 70-year-old paid a smuggler to carry her across the river into china. her daughter was caught and now is in a political prison. >> it makes me angry. i want to shout out
Sep 29, 2010 12:30am PDT
. >> the youngest son of the north korea leader, kim jong-il has been groomed to succeed his father. western intelligence sources say they uncovered a plot for attacks in western europe. this is bbc news. thanks for watching. >> hello and welcome. >> see the news unfold, get the top stories from around the globe and click to play video reports. go to bbc.com/news to experience the in-depth, expert reporting of "bbc world news" online. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank. >> union bank has put its global financial strength to work for a wide range of companies. what can we do for you? >> there is one stage that is the met and carnegie hall. >> o, that this too, too solid flesh -- >> it is the kennedy center. >> check, one, two. >> and a club in austin. >> it is closer than any seat in the house, no matter where you call home. >> the top of the world, and i'm there, i'm home.
Sep 21, 2010 5:30pm EDT
grooming for power, for trade for years as the natural successor to his godlike father. so when his father died in 1994, north korea's was side- leadership could easily pass to another -- quasi-leadership could easily pass to another member of the family. now there is talk of succession. but now it is in more haste. and with the added problem, many suggest, that none of his three known suns appear to be particularly promising leaders. the first was once caught trying to enter japan on a false passport, apparently in an attempt to visit tokyo's and disneyland amusement park. the middle son is reportedly considered "too feminine" by his father. that leaves his third son, just 26 or 27 years old, unknown and experience -- and experience. -- on experience. -- unexperienced. he is a complete political novice. he may be his father's successor next week, but it may be a different matter for other power elites in north korea. bbc news. >> more of the main news for you. 18 children are still missing in pakastani kashmir where a school bus has crashed. officials say it is unlikely that any su
Sep 21, 2010 7:00am EDT
decrepit factories and only minimal traffic on the road. as the son of kim jong-il is being groomed, people are starving to death in the streets. >> the people are very weak. many of them starve. they just sit in one place and die. i once saw someone sitting on a public toilet without moving, they were too weak to move and they died two days later. >> there is some food, but very few have the money to buy it. these people have just one meal for day because the kim jong il economic policies have been disastrous. himself weekend likely by a stroke, he made a rare visit to china last month. looking for chinese support for his son's succession. other north koreans told us that his son is too young and inexperienced. one woman who escaped correa hopes that the regime collapses after skipping to china. >> i was shocked, we could have had enough food if the leaders gave up some wealth, they do not care about the suffering of ordinary people. >> the stories that north koreans tell paint a grim picture of a growing hunger and hardship. with it, something new, growing discontent with that of
Sep 28, 2010 7:00am EDT
five or 10 years, as long as his father's health holds out they will keep him in a grooming position. >> you are painting and interesting, complicated picture that is a melding of the dynasty with the military. >> i think that one of the things that we saw when kim jong il our was two ways of assimilation. the first was the inheritance from his own father, if my father is a god, therefore i am. and the korean worker became displaced as the leading institution in the country by the military. >> what does it offer for the rest of the world? opportunity in any way? >> i hesitate to think so. we saw a bit of this when kim jong ill became a leader, there was a sense that he might be a reformer. it is too early to tell. i think there are no opportunities yet. the most recent thing that i saw is that they are initiating talks with the families. as far as i can tell that has been a way to engineer more cash from the self -- from the south, showing their vulnerability at the moment. >> thank you very much. let's take a look at some of the other stories making headlines around the world today.
Sep 21, 2010 5:30pm PDT
two leaders of north korea has ever known. kim jong-il had a very long and public grooming for power, seen as the only possible successor for his godlike father. the leadership cold could easily pass at you another generation -- cult could easily pass to another generation. the talk is once again of succession, but this time it needs to be organized in more haste. and with the added problem, many suggest, that none of his three known as suns appear to be promising leaders. the first, kim jong nam, was at once caught trying to enter japan with a false passport, trying to visit tokyo's disneyland. the second son, kim jong chul, is reportedly considered too thin and then by his father. that leaves the third son, perhaps soon to be in charge of a fledgling nuclear power. political successions in totalitarian states are always fraught with difficulty, and kim jong-un is a complete political novice. he may be his father's chosen successor, but the other power elites in north korea might be a different matter. bbc news, seoul. >> the head of the vatican bank is under investigation for
Sep 28, 2010 12:30am PDT
groomed to take power? the u.s. tries to salvage peace talks as israel and its partial freeze in settlement belt -- on settlement building in the occupied territory. president java's claims victory in the the venezuelan election -- chavez claims victory in the venezuelan election. we're coming to you on pbs america and coming up later, coping with the floods. nigeria -- rising water has forced people from millions -- forced millions from their homes. we will have the latest on the plight of the chilean miners. north korea has announced that the third son of its leader kim jong-il has been appointed as the force -- as a four-star general. many believe that the party is preparing to anoint thee a man named kim jong-un as his father's eventual successor. from the south korean capital of seoul, here is one of our correspondence. >> from the trains pulling into an immaculate pyongyang central station to the choreographed uniformity of the arriving delegates, it is clear that something is going on. these are pictures that north korea is off authoritarian rulers want the world to see, s